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Professor Alexander Balandin named an IEEE Fellow

Professor Alexander Balandin named an IEEE Fellow

Professor Alexander Balandin named an IEEE Fellow

November 26, 2012

Dr. Alexander A. Balandin, professor of electrical engineering and founding chair of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Riverside has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to characterization of thermo-electric properties of semiconductor nanostructures and graphene.  Professor Balandin’s pioneering studies of the thermal conductivity of graphene led to creation of a new active graphene thermal field of research with applications in thermal management of advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices. His study of confined acoustic phonons resulted in better understanding of thermal and electrical properties of semiconductor nanostructures.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Alexander Balandin received his MS (1991) degrees Summa Cum Laude in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (MIPT), Russia. He received his PhD (1997) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. From 1997 till 1999, he worked at the Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA. In 1999 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, UCR, where he is a professor of electrical engineering and the director of the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL), which he organized entirely with extramural funding in 2000.

Prof. Balandin is a recipient of IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for 2011. He was also recognized by the ONR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, University of California Regents Award and Merrill Lynch Innovation Award. He is an elected Fellow of several major professional societies, including APS, OSA, SPIE, IOP and AAAS. He published approximately 185 technical journal papers, which were cited ~10,000 times. His h-index is 49. Professor Balandin serves as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO).

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